Brandilyn Collins is a best-selling author of 28 books. She is best known for her Seatbelt Suspense®--fast-paced, character-driven suspense with myriad twists and an interwoven thread of faith. She also writes insightful contemporary novels, often laced with humor. Her awards include the ACFW Carol (three times), Inspirational Readers' Choice, the Inspy, Christian Retailer's Best (twice), and Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice.
Last month I wrote about my goal of helping to bridge the gap between Christian bookstores and indie authors. Currently indie books rarely make it onto the shelves of brick and mortar stores, even when they are distributable. There are numerous reasons for this, but in a nutshell, it’s largely because the stores don’t know these books exist. And even if they did, how can they trust the content, since no publisher has vetted them?
In 2015 I’m looking forward to digging in and trying to solve this problem—along with a “stakeholders team” consisting of people representing the CBA organization, booksellers, distributors, and other interested parties.
Cathy Ellis, the editor of CBA Retailers+Resources, asked me to write an article about this situation for the February issue of the magazine. By the time I post next month (first Wednesday), the article should be in circulation. It will explain in more detail how the stakeholders team got started and issues we’ll be working on.
This problem is large and multi-faceted, and will take real team work to make a difference. Honestly, I don’t know what will happen. But I’m very excited about trying to solve it for the good of all parties in the Christian publishing industry. (More about my thoughts of how everyone is directly or indirectly affected, including traditional publishers, in the article.) And I’m grateful to the folks at CBA for being so willing to take up this cause with me.
I’ll update you next month.
Brandilyn’s latest release: Pitchin’ A Fit, book 2 in her Southern contemporary Dearing Family series.
The wedding between Christina Day and Ben Dearing is planned to be perfect--until Christina's estranged mother shows up. The abusive, alcoholic mother who wasn't invited ...